Keynote Speaker

Meridith Elliott Powell

Voted one of the Top 15 Business Growth Experts, Top 100 Sales Influencers by LinkedIn, and Top 41 Motivational Speakers. Meridith Elliott Powell is an award-winning author, keynote speaker and business strategist. With a background in corporate leadership and sales, her career expands over several industries including banking, healthcare and finance. Meridith worked her way up from entry-level to earn her position in the C-Suite. She is a member of the Speaker Hall of Fame, Chair of the National Speakers Association, A Master Certified Business Growth Strategist, A Certified Executive Coach and Certified Speaking Professional. In addition, Meridith is an invitation-only author for LinkedIn with more than 600,000 learners taking her courses around the world. With a passion for helping her clients learn the strategies they need to turn uncertainty to competitive advantage. Meridith has a cutting-edge message, rooted in real-life examples and real-world knowledge. She is the author of nine books, including “THRIVE: Turning Uncertainty to Competitive Advantage” named Top Sales Book, and Who Comes Next? Leadership Succession Planning Made Easy, written with Dr. Mary Kelly. Who Comes Next? solves one of the biggest challenges in business today – building your leadership bench. Both books have won the top honors for the Benjamin Franklin Independent Books Sellers Award. One of the highest honors for business books. Meridith is regularly featured in publications such as Forbes, Fast Company, Inc., Investment News, and American Banker among others. High energy and highly interactive, she helps leaders and business owners learn the new rules of success today, and the strategies they need to Thrive in Uncertainty. You can find her inspiring message and strategies on both of her podcasts: Sales Logic – the “logical” approach to selling successfully in challenging times, and THRIVE – where Meridith interviews leaders, sales professionals and business owners who have transformed their organizations to turn uncertainty to opportunity. In her highly engaging keynote-speaking sessions, Meridith shares how you can think, feel and most importantly react to uncertainty, and the power of what you can do to start to control change rather than have change control you. Meridith shows her audiences how to attract more business, retain top talent, and leap into position to win in a constantly shifting marketplace. Meridith always deliver practical solutions to businesses toughest challenges. No walking on coals, no breaking boards, just real-life strategies you can put into place first thing Monday morning. When not coaching or keynoting, Meridith can be found on her favorite hiking trail, riding her mountain bike, or endlessly chasing little white golf balls on courses round the country.


Michael Akinwumi

Michael Akinwumi is the Chief Responsible AI Officer at the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) where he is tasked with critical responsibilities, including the development and implementation of Responsible AI policies and guidelines that prioritize fairness, privacy, security, explainability, reliability and non-algorithmic solutions. He provides strategic oversight and leadership, collaborating with senior management to advocate for ethical AI practices in housing and lending, and assess potential risks associated with AI use in housing and lending. Stakeholder engagement and education are part of his portfolio, involving interactions with both internal and external parties to gather input, educate employees, and ensure adherence to Responsible AI principles. Moreover, he represents NFHA in industry discussions, advocating for responsible AI practices and staying current with emerging regulations and ethical frameworks to educate providers of housing and lending AI products and services on the need for compliance and alignment with national and global Responsible AI standards.

Previously, he led governance engineering, recommender systems, and machine learning solutions for various sectors, such as fintech, banking, and insurance. He holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Alberta and has multiple certifications and honors in data analysis and mathematical modeling.

Dr. Akinwumi lives his belief that “only a life lived for others is worth living.”

Kyle Christie

Kyle Christie is a real estate marketing expert for and the Creative Director of  See Your House Now real estate marketing, Kyle Christie has taken all the editorial and production skills learned in his career as a television journalist and applied them to real estate. The result is a marketing agency that provides clear messaging, imagery, training and promotional content to help real estate professionals stand out in a crowded profession.

Grant Harpold

Grant Harpold, HAR Legal Counsel, has built an exceptional track record representing large corporations, small businesses, and individuals in complex litigation matters. He frequently acquires favorable results for his clients in claims involving a range of fields, including real estate, oilfield services, insurance, business torts, and contract claims. He is also an astute legal strategist, providing advice for transactions, contracts, and service. He regularly assists clients in crafting and reviewing agreements related to the sale of a business, the licensing of data, and in the sale or lease of property.

David Jones

David serves as the Deputy General Counsel for Texas REALTORS®, a role he has dedicated over eight years to with distinction. Currently, he is the Director of the Professional Standards Department and a member of the NAR Professional Standards Committee. Additionally, David acts as the staff liaison to the Texas REALTORS® MLS/Technology Committee and oversees the Legal Hotline. Originally hailing from Los Angeles, David brings a wealth of experience from his extensive career in Corporate and Real Estate law, which he has been practicing since 1997. 

Sally Snook

Sally Snook began her journey with HAR as a Member Outreach and Training Specialist in the Professional Development Department, where she specialized in teaching HAR Technology Tools and Matrix-related classes. Her realization of the innovative potential of these consumer and Real Estate Agent tools inspired her to spread the word about their benefits. Currently, Sally serves as the Technology Marketing Specialist, a role aptly described as the technology “ambassador” to HAR staff and their members. With a fervent passion for helping others, Sally is dedicated to empowering real estate professionals to achieve ongoing success in their businesses.

Edward Zorn

Edward Zorn has be en a real estate attorney for almost 30 years and is the Vice President and General Counsel for the California Regional MLS. He is responsible for all legal aspects from contracting to litigation management. In his role as VP, Ed oversees the Compliance and Licensing departments for CRMLS’ 105,000 brokers and agents. Prior to joining CRMLS, Ed’s law practice focused on Realtor Association, brokerage and developer representation. Ed has also been a real estate broker for over 20 years operating his own independ  ent brokerage firm, and was also the Vice President and General Counsel of a multi-office franchisee within the Realogy family. With a passion for education, Ed has been an Adjunct Professor for California Baptist University, where he helped to create the University’s real estate program. Prior to joining CRMLS Ed also served as a state Director and Ombudsman for the California Associaiton of Realtors, and was an active Realtor member with the Inland Gateway Associaiton of Realtors where he was named the 2012 Realtor of the Year. He is still an active member of the C.A.R. Legal Affairs Forum. Ed currently serves on the NAR MLS Listing Issues and Policy Committee, and is a frequent presenter at Associaiton and MLS industry events.